Drums are a subset of percussion instruments played by beating a "head" stretched over a hollow "shell."

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How to choose drum pitches?

I've been learning Ableton Live with an interest in making electronic music, and this has been my first exposure to drums whatsoever. Of course, I'm not dealing with a real drum set, but rather an ...
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Why do snare drums sound better on up beats?

Most pop/rock music I hear in 4/4 time usually has a snare drum on the 2nd and 4th beats (upbeats). I understand the need to keep rhythm by alternating the bass drum and snare on successive beats. ...
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Can you learn how to drum with the game Rockband 3 and e-drums?

I play the piano (on a low level) but want to try something new. I stumbled on the console game Rockband 3 where you can attach a real e-drum set (the Roland TD9-SX seems to work) and play the game ...
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Headset balancing sound

I am trying to create a short song but everytime i plugin in my USB headset it is balancing sound so the guitars sound goes up and down in volume everytime the basdrum kicks in or snare, I am using ...
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What is the minimum amount of equipment a drummer needs to play gigs?

I've not played drums for years and when I did I used an electric kit which isn't really appropriate for live gigging. I'm about to start performing in a rock band and would like to know what the ...
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Cajon as Alternative to Drum Set?

The first time I saw this Cajon drum is during a performance by a band in a shopping mall. The band uses keyboard, guitar, violin and a Cajon. I though that box is actually a digital drum kit. And ...
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How do you achieve this bass heavy effect?

I noticed that a lot of modern metal songs sometimes have this booming drum sound (I think it's made on the toms and/or bass), for example before/during a breakdown in some metalcore songs. It's a ...
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I'm using a Roland TD-11KV Electric drum kit, and recording the toms sound different. Why is this?

I'm not sure if you guys can download the recording here, but please try. All the drum pieces sound well, except for the toms. I wonder what's wrong? Do any of you have experience recording with a ...
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Cymbal rolls on electronic drums

I know that cymball rolls is a common issue on electronic drum kits. I tested different kits (Yamaha and Roland) and I can't achieve to create a good and smooth cymbal roll. The sound suffer of a '...
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How can I develop an interesting or challenging 8-Beat rock rhythm?

The band I play with generally wants a simple 8-beat rhythm but I can find it a bit boring to play! So I'm looking for suggestions/tips/sheet music/video on how to develop a standard 8-beat drum ...
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Where could I find songs where the drums are muted (to play along on an electrical drum set)?

I own an electrical drum set (a Roland TD-9K, as seen here) which has some pre-set songs in the computer to play along with. In these songs you can mute the drums if you want. You can also connect an ...
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Ideal Cowbell Placement

When I was younger, I had a cowbell clamp that I fixed to the top of my bass drum hoop. I wouldn't dream of doing that today. I have tried setting up a percussion array with my cowbell and woodblock, ...
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Advice for choosing a beginner drum kit?

I am intersted in learning to play an instrument and drums are what i thnk i'd like most. I've have never played any instrument before, so i don't really know what to look for. I have a budget of up ...
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How do i differentiate a crash cymbal from a ride cymbal which looks so similar

Today I was practicing for a drum performance in school and i didnt know the positions of the crash cymbal and ride cymbal was wrongly placed from the usual drum set up . I only realised the mistake ...
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How does one prevent sweaty palms when playing the drums?

I have sweaty palms, and it makes my drumsticks slip from my hand from time to time whenever I stroke too fast. Would chalk help or are there any solutions for drummers who have the same issues?
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How to practise jazz drumming with only a snare

I have my dad's old snare drum, a practice pad, a pair of sticks, and Buddy Rich's book of rudiments. I'd like to get better at jazz drumming, because I occasionally have to for a band I'm in. ...
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Methods of effectively recording drums (out of studio)

I have made many drum covers on youtube but I find it hard to record drums. I have settled for using a decent quality camera and hoping it picks up the sound okay. I was wondering, is there any ...
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Getting Started Recording and Arranging Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Etc

I'm new to the recording scene, and I'd like to jump right into making professional sounding, high-quality productions. Now that I can play the instruments, I need to know a few things about recording:...
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How does one improve on his/her drumming technique without owning a drumset?

Due to space constraints, I am unable to have a drumset at home. Going to a studio would be optimal but I take at least an hour to travel to the nearest drum studio. How else can I improve on my ...
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Drummer looking to learn one-handed keyboard

I'm a drummer looking to supplement my playing with a keyboard (simultaneously) and also contribute a little more to the writing process. Likely, I'll be playing keys with my left hand, probably basic ...
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Drum Theory Resources

I recently started using drum software to create drum tracks for music I play on guitar. I know nothing of drum theory, so I feel rather lost. Are there any online resources and/or books that would ...
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What do you learn in music colleges, for drums?

What do you even learn in music colleges? I play the drums, and I want to know what I should be ready to learn (and learn some of it now).
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Spd-sx Roland and power converter

I bought the Spdsx from Roland while i was in Dubai, so it's running on 220 watt. Now i'm back in canada where we use 110 watt. Is there anything else then buying a power converter that i can do?
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How to prevent snare rattle?

When I play my drum set, the toms make the snare rattle. Also, some pitches played by guitar or bass will make it rattle. I've tried tuning all the drums to certain pitches (somewhat effectively), but ...
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Keeping time when tired

When I'm playing late night gigs, I find that my drumming is generally a lot slower. The timing is consistent throughout the songs, but I just start them slower. When I'm playing early gigs or had a ...
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What to look (out) for when buying a (second-hand) electronic drum kit?

I'm a beginner drummer (only had 4 lessons so far) and I am thinking about buying an electronic drum kit. I've read this post and this post on buying a beginner drum kit, but both seem to be almost ...
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Are there any good online resources on how to build drums?

I'm really keen to have a go at crafting my own drum. Not a djembe or ethnic instrument but standard hooped kit drum. I particularly like the idea of something along the lines of Outlaw Drums and ...
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Play Side Stick (SS) on Electric Drums

I currently have a electric drum set I am wondering if its possible or is there any way to play the Side Stick technique which is meant for an acoustic drum set on a electric drum set
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Please advice a solution for re-using and modifying drum patterns

In electronic music, loops are used very often - you can take a loop, put into your project, change it somehow and get the work done. As I'm practicing with my guitar at the moment, I'd like to have ...
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Closed hi hat and foot hat at the same time?

I'm just learning how to play the drums and I'm stumped by the notes on the staff in the book I'm practicing with. It has a closed hi hat and a foot high hat that you're supposed to play at the same ...
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What would you call all-drum instrumental music?

I'm trying to find the title for music containing all percussion instruments (pianos/xylophones not included) such as drum corps and marching band drum breakdowns. I'd basically like to listen to ...
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Keeping both hands (and arms) strong for better stick control

Since there aren't many drumming or percussion related questions, I will start this out with one of my own. As a drummer of almost 20 years, I still have a weaker left hand (and arm), despite trying ...
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“Standard” drum notation alternatives

For the purpose of playing live, working through ("popular") songs involving verse, chorus, bridge, intro, outro, etc., is there a standard notation that drummers use to help them know what to play, ...
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How to avoid slouching?

I have a lifelong habit of slouching. In recent years, my posture has improved greatly, mostly because I’ve finally learned to keep my feet flat on the floor (to prevent plantar fasciitis). That alone ...
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Samba percussion for songwriters

I'm a song-writer (a guitar player) and I need to write drum parts for myself. I discovered how cool the brazilian samba carnival percussion is (not the watered down European jazz-samba), but haven't ...
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Shedding two toms and still sound the same?

At some stage after the conclusion of the tour to support the Black Album Lars Ulrich shed two toms from his kit. I'm referring to the toms at chest level not the two floor toms which I think he's ...
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How reasonable is the idea to start learning drums from solo playing?

I have an idea to learn drums in addition to my main instrument, piano. I do not plan to become exactly a drummer, just want to improve my understanding about the rhythm, maybe significantly. Some say ...
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How to Integrate Digital Loopers with Live Drummers?

Is there any way to help live drummers play in sync with live looping players with out requiring the drummer to trigger MIDI beats or listen to a click track?
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Where are the bow, bell, and rim on a ride cymbal?

Hitting a ride cymbal on the bow, bell (dome/cup), and rim will produce different sounds. Bow Bell / Dome / Cup Rim Where exactly are the bow, bell, and rim on the RC, and when are they ...
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Drums: Playing consecutive beats with the same hand compared to alternating hands

I am currently learning the Seven Stroke Roll , Drum tune : Right , Right , Left Left .... Will playing the above tune : Right , Left , Right , Left instead of Right , Right , Left , Left ...
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10,000 Hours Regime - Drums

I'm a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hours To Master A Skill theory. I've picked up a set of drumsticks for the first time in my life 3 months ago, at the age of 21. The barriers, as they sit ...
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What exactly is a double stroke roll

I need some clarification over what is a double stroke roll . Is it using the same hand to hit the drum once and let it bounce twice or using my hand to hit the drum twice in quick succession ?? I ...
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Tools to create drums backing track for non-drummer

I am looking for a comfortable way to create a drums backing track in order to use them in my recordings. currently I have 2 options (since I am not a drummer) drum machine - very mechanic and ...
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How to know what beat & rhythm to play for add-on to songs

Theres this famous drummer on YouTube named Copper who takes existing songs, removes the drums, and then plays live drums along with the other investments. How does he know what beats & rhythm to ...
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Understanding the rhythmic structure of a song

I have played drums for a few months. Currently, I play for myself. I do exercises from stick control, but I also want to 'play along' to songs. Given a song A, how do I start playing along? By ear? ...
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Music Theory for a Beginning Drummer

I've been learning Drums for the past few months (lifelong dream, and I should have my very own kit in 36 hours or so! \o/) and my teacher has been teaching me how to sight-read. I'm doing quite well (...
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Remove drum track from song given the isolated drum track and the song?

I have a song for which I have the song itself, and an isolated drum track from a live performance that fits perfectly in time with the original. Given these 2 things, is there software that can do a ...
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Can old batter heads be used as resonant heads?

Is it possible to use old worn-out drum batter heads as resonant heads? I have a couple of heads that have dents in them, and are sounding pretty crap, and I'm wondering if it's worth using them as ...
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Maximize practice time on electronic drum kit

I have played on an acoustic drum kit all my life but now I have unfortunately switched to an electronic drum set because I live in an apartment. How can I maximize my practice time on an electronic ...
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Training muscle memory without focusing. Is it necessarily bad?

Many people claim that you must focus completely on what you are doing. If not, the end results will be far inferior to what you would achieve if you give it "everything". However, muscle memory and ...